Venues in the 2021/’22 Season
As with everything at the moment, we’ve had to simplify things to ensure everything is as safe as possible – therefore we shall be running fewer races in 2021/’22 and those events will be held at established venues where we feel we can operate in these tricky times. Here’s a preview of this seasons venues;
Having hosted plenty of National events the team at Ardingly always put on great events There’s plenty of spaces to choose from but you can always bet on nice grassy drags, off-camber sections, tricky National level problems and fast close racing. With acres of space Ardingly makes the perfect venue for a tricky season and we hope to make use of it either side of this year’s National Championships. Intro here; http://www.londonxleague.co.uk/2021-22-round-1-preview-ardingly/
Herne Hill has cyclocross running through its veins, despite the obvious track credentials. Built in 1891, the venue hosted the track events in the 1948 Olympics, and has since been redeveloped in the early 00’s to include sports like cyclocross. The singletracks, bombholes and banks that loop in and out of the velodrome form the perfect battle ground.
The Velodrome is in a concealed entrance in Burbage Road. 104 Burbage Road Herne Hill London SE24 9HE. Parking is limited in the venue but street parking is plentiful.
Brixton CC have made a few changes since 2019, however the overall feel of the course remains the same, with a combination of fast flowing turns and sections of the iconic summer Road bike Crit circuit. This year they have added some new off-camber and single track sections, Michael Hudson says, “our favorite part of the course is the full-gas start that uses the crit course, then takes to the grass and dips down behind the palace bowl. In the last edition the ground was very hard and fast so riders were riding Challenge Chicane tyres, however the shift to October could spell rain, making a Grifo a wiser choice! Brixton is proud to be one of the most inclusive clubs in London, so we are just thrilled to get more people into cycling in any shape or form. Fun fact: the 1973 cyclocross world championship was hosted at Crystal Palace!” https://www.
It’s sure to be a brilliant race on the undulating course at Redbridge/Hog Hill – The course features tricky mountain bike style switchbacks and fast down hills, usually some boggy sections and some flat out grassy sprints. It’s a great test for any rider and you’ll need to pack your climbing legs to be sure of a good result. Easy to access, use IG6 3HP for the carpark and please squeeze up considerately to allow the maximum amount of cars to park.
Host of the 2018/19 National Champs and many times our favourite round of National Trophy Series (along with Ardingly), Cyclopark in Kent is a banger of a venue.
This year we shall use the venue three times due to the simple infrastructure and with races in November, December and January it’ll be interesting to see how the course changes through the season. The course is a mixture of hard-pack gravel, soft grassy mud and off-camber banks with a few extras like sandpits often thrown in.